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Understanding Suicide
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Understanding Suicide
A National Epidemic
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Suicide is among the top three causes of death for young people ages 15 to 24. In fact, this global epidemic claims 41,000 lives per year in the United States alone. Suicide touches people of all ages—from those who consider and attempt suicide to those who lose a loved to suicide. Yet silence often surrounds these deaths and makes suicide difficult to understand.

Looking beyond common myths and misconceptions, author Connie Goldsmith examines common risk factors and covers warning signs, ways to reach out to a suffering loved one, and precautions that can save lives. And survivors' personal stories offer honest examinations of both grief and hope.

Suicide is among the top three causes of death for young people ages 15 to 24. In fact, this global epidemic claims 41,000 lives per year in the United States alone. Suicide touches people of all ages—from those who consider and attempt suicide to those who lose a loved to suicide. Yet silence often surrounds these deaths and makes suicide difficult to understand.

Looking beyond common myths and misconceptions, author Connie Goldsmith examines common risk factors and covers warning signs, ways to reach out to a suffering loved one, and precautions that can save lives. And survivors' personal stories offer honest examinations of both grief and hope.

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About the Author-
  • Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. A recently retired RN with a master's degree in health, Ms. Goldsmith lives near Sacramento, California.

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2016

    Gr 8 Up-Forty-one thousand Americans commit suicide each year. For every suicide there are 25 unsuccessful attempts and countless numbers of people who struggle with suicidal thoughts. Goldsmith, a nurse and health-care expert, investigates this epidemic, beginning with the emotional fallout that individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one through suicide typically face. Subsequent chapters address risk factors for suicide such as poverty, mental illness, and substance abuse, as well as scientists' ongoing search to understand what chemical or physical factors contribute to depression. Particular demographics are covered, such as suicide in teens, the military, and the older adult population. Goldsmith includes information about the effectiveness of intervention and treatment options, as well as the complicated issue of physician-assisted suicide. Of particular interest to teens are the quotes and advice from influential YA authors. Chris Crutcher offers guidance in his capacity as a mental health specialist, Libba Bray speaks of living with depression, and e.E. Charlton-Trujillo warns of the potentially devastating consequences of bullying. Photographs, graphs, and text boxes add necessary visual appeal. The source notes, selected bibliography, and resources for further information are extensive. VERDICT Edifying and thorough, this title will prove useful for students doing research or those interested in learning about this tragic phenomenon.-Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    May 15, 2016
    Facts counteract stigma and ignorance in this guide.Seemingly designed for adults and teenagers to read together, this work offers up dozens of facts and stories about the difficult-to-discuss topic of suicide. Goldsmith efficiently ushers readers through the facts. More than 41,000 Americans take their lives every year, and many more attempt suicide. Teenage girls attempt suicide nearly twice as often as boys, yet teenage boys are four times more likely to actually die due to the different methods used for their attempts. While there are multiple risk factors for suicide, such as depression and/or substance abuse, stressors such as isolation or bullying, and access to lethal means, there are also multiple options to help anyone contemplating suicide: counseling, medication, long-term treatment, and support from family and friends. These options can help anyone suffering from suicidal thoughts, whether teenager, adult, or veteran. While naturally not a page-turner, this work does present an array of important facts and figures, made intimate with personal stories of people who have attempted suicide or been affected by suicide. Frequent boxed inserts provide tangential material without distracting from the overall flow. The inclusion of quotes from several authors for teens is a welcome touch.An effective, compassionate guide to a subject that needs one. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)

    COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    May 15, 2016
    Grades 7-12 This examination of a difficult topic pairs an informative, somber text with an appropriately subdued look. In six concise chapters, Goldsmith explores what may cause a person to take his or her own life and the effects a suicide can have on those left behind. There is thorough examination of age groups: separate chapters are devoted to children and teens, military and military vets, and adults and seniors. In addition to taking a detour into the sometimes confusing world of physician-assisted suicide, Goldsmith offers both coping techniques for those who have experienced a suicide in the family and warning signs and treatments that can and have saved lives. Particularly helpful is a list that dispels common misconceptions. Illustrations, understandably, are few and far between; demographic charts, statistics, and quotes from people who have lost a loved one or who have survived an attempt themselves provide powerful visual alternatives. The text is careful to stay blame- and judgment-free, making it a particularly successful resource.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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